Furry Friends Visit

The most serious disease afflicting older persons is not cancer or heart disease – it’s loneliness. Time after time, scientific research has shown that pets help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, offer affection and unconditional love, fight loneliness, and increase social interaction and physical activity.

FurryFriendsPsychologist Penny B. Donnenfeld, who brings her golden retriever mix Sandee to her New York City office, has even witnessed her ability to rev up elder owners’ memories. “I’ve seen those with memory loss interact and access memories from long ago,” she says. “Having a pet helps the senior focus on something other than physical problems and negative preoccupations about loss or aging.”

That’s why we’ve introduced our Furry Friends program. The objective is to bring our homeless animals into assisted living centers to bring companionship and spread joy among residents. We accomplish this by bringing one of our own animal ambassadors during a convenient time and offer residents the opportunity to cuddle and interact with one of our dogs. Additionally, our animals benefit enormously from the extra love and attention.

To schedule a Furry Friends Visit at your assisted living facility, contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 410.836.1090 x104 or email volunteer@harfordshelter.org.

We thank you for your ongoing support in helping us unite pets and people in Harford County!

Lunch Buddies

Executive with DogBased on a successful pilot with one of our local business partners, we’re introducing a Lunch Buddies program. Our objective is to bring our resident animals into the community to meet a broad range of potential adopters. We accomplish this by transporting our animals to your office building during your company’s typical lunch time, and offer your employees the opportunity to walk or cuddle with our pups.

Our animals certainly benefit enormously from the extra love and attention, but they aren’t the only ones to gain something from the experience! The novelty of having the animals in the parking or outdoor break area sparks conversation among employees who may not otherwise have much opportunity to speak to one another in the course of a workday. Once the conversation gets going, your employees will soon be swapping stories about pets they have known and loved. Having a positive, non-work related topic in common can build the employee to employee bond and improve the working environment. Furthermore, having the dogs there encourages taking a bit of exercise during the break, thereby increasing alertness and productivity for the rest of the day!

In the days or weeks leading up to your Lunch Buddies date, you may choose to promote a way for your employees to support the Humane Society. You might offer, for example, the opportunity for employees to pay $5 to wear jeans to work on the day of the event or $10 to be able to bring their dog to work one day. Alternatively, you might run a raffle or silent auction in the break room, with proceeds supporting HSHC, or run a donation drive for food and other pet supplies. These are just a few of the activities we would be happy to discuss with you should you be interested in pursuing an event at your office. To thank you for your fundraising efforts on our behalf, we offer to your employees a 20% discount off pet adoptions for seven days following your Lunch Buddies event date.

To schedule your Lunch Buddies event, contact our Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at 410.836.1090 x104 or email volunteer@harfordshelter.org.

We thank you for your ongoing support in helping us unite pets and people in Harford County!